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36 Inspirational Jonas Salk Quotes (VACCINE)

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“If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.”

Jonas Salk
There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.
There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.
The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.
The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.
I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.
I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.

“Solutions come through evolution. They come through asking the right questions, because the answers pre-exist. It is the questions that we must define and discover. You don’t invent the answer-you reveal the answer.”

Jonas Salk
'Who owns the patent on this vaccine' Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun
‘Who owns the patent on this vaccine?’ Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?
Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them.
Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what’s been taught them.

“I look upon ourselves as partners in all of this, and that each of us contributes and does what he can do best. And so I see not a top rung and a bottom rung – I see all this horizontally – and I see this as part of a matrix. And I see every human being as having a purpose, a destiny, if you like – the destiny that exists in each of us – and find ways and means to provide such opportunities for everyone.”

Jonas Salk
There is no such thing as failure, there's just giving up too soon.
There is no such thing as failure, there’s just giving up too soon.
Risks, I like to say, always pay off. You learn what to do, or what not to do.
Risks, I like to say, always pay off. You learn what to do, or what not to do.

8 Jonas Salk Quotes on Innovation & Creating the Vaccine

“When I worked on the polio vaccine, I had a theory. I guided each [experiment] by imagining myself in the phenomenon in which I was interested. The intuitive realm… the realm of the imagination guides my thinking.”

Jonas Salk
Find the right questions. You don't invent the answers, you reveal the answers.
Find the right questions. You don’t invent the answers, you reveal the answers.
What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.
What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.
Nothing happens quite by chance. It's a question of accretion of information and experience.
Nothing happens quite by chance. It’s a question of accretion of information and experience.
The mind, in addition to medicine, has powers to turn the immune system around.
The mind, in addition to medicine, has powers to turn the immune system around.
I pictured myself as a virus or a cancer cell and tried to sense what it would be like.
I pictured myself as a virus or a cancer cell and tried to sense what it would be like.
My ambition was to bring to bear on medicine a chemical approach. I did that by chemical manipulation of viruses and chemical ways of thinking in biomedical research.
My ambition was to bring to bear on medicine a chemical approach. I did that by chemical manipulation of viruses and chemical ways of thinking in biomedical research.
It is safe, and you can't get safer than safe. (Dr Salk's reply when questioned on the safety of the polio vaccine)
It is safe, and you can’t get safer than safe. (Dr Salk’s reply when questioned on the safety of the polio vaccine)

6 Motivational Jonas Salk Quotes About Life

Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process.
Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process.
What is… important is that we - number one Learn to live with each other. Number two try to bring out the best in each other.
What is… important is that we – number one: Learn to live with each other. Number two: try to bring out the best in each other.
Your dreams tell you what to do; your reason tells you how to do it.
Your dreams tell you what to do; your reason tells you how to do it.
It is courage based on confidence, not daring, and it is confidence based on experience.
It is courage based on confidence, not daring, and it is confidence based on experience.
Eventually, we'll realize that if we destroy the ecosystem, we destroy ourselves.
Eventually, we’ll realize that if we destroy the ecosystem, we destroy ourselves.
What makes your heart leap?
What makes your heart leap?

2 Jonas Salk Quotes on Intuition

It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It's my partner.
It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.

5 Jonas Salk Quotes on Evolution

“When things get bad enough, then something happens to correct the course. And it’s for that reason that I speak about evolution as an error-making and an error-correcting process. And if we can be ever so much better – ever so much slightly better – at error correcting than at error making, then we’ll make it.”

Jonas Salk
Evolution favors the survival of the wisest.
Evolution favors the survival of the wisest.

“I speak about universal evolution and teleological evolution, because I think the process of evolution reflects the wisdom of nature. I see the need for wisdom to become operative. We need to try to put all of these things together in what I call an evolutionary philosophy of our time.”

Jonas Salk
I have come to recognize evolution not only as an active process that I am experiencing at the time, but as something I can guide by the choices I make.
I have come to recognize evolution not only as an active process that I am experiencing at the time, but as something I can guide by the choices I make.

“If humankind would accept and acknowledge this responsibility and become creatively engaged in the process of evolution, consciously as well as unconsciously, a new reality would emerge, and a new age could be born.”

Jonas Salk

3 Wise Jonas Salk Quotes that Will Make You Think (WISDOM)

“I think of the need for more wisdom in the world, to deal with the knowledge that we have. At one time we had wisdom, but little knowledge. Now we have a great deal of knowledge, but do we have enough wisdom to deal with that knowledge?”

Jonas Salk
It is said to await certainty is to await eternity.
It is said to await certainty is to await eternity.

“Some people are constructive, if you like. Others are destructive. It’s this diversity in humankind that results in some making positive contributions and some negative contributions. It’s necessary to have enough to make positive contributions to overcome the problems of each age.”

Jonas Salk

2 Jonas Salk Quotes on Being Good Ancestors

Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.
Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.
The most important question we must ask ourselves is, 'Are we being good ancestors'
The most important question we must ask ourselves is, ‘Are we being good ancestors?’

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